Red Nebula Studios

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Death Eater Masks

An example of a final, painted Death Eater mask, from the front.

1/3/2017 UPDATE - These masks are now available via my friend Allen at AllenAmisCreations. You can find the Death Eaters along with a number of other amazing items in his shop!

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Classy, yet terrifying!

This commission was for a set of replica Death Eater masks based on concept art from the Harry Potter movies. I believe a similar design was used for Bellatrix's mask in the movies, but I'd need to re-watch them to see if she's ever seen wearing it. (Oh, darn, an excuse to HP. Twist my arm!)

The commission was for several masks for a group cosplay, but they were fine with them all being the same design. Several of them got varying degrees of battle damage to keep them looking distinctive - and I have to say, the masks look nice and creepy all lined up together. I can't wait to see the costuming group at Phoenix Comicon this year!

Early stages of the sculpture for a Death Eater mask. Early stages of the sculpture for a Death Eater mask. The sculpture has been smoothed and is ready for detailing. The plan for the details is also shown.

To start with, I made this rough base sculpture. The final image shows a more cleaned up version along with my plan for the details I would be adding to it.

Detailing the Death Eater mask sculpture. The sculpture with full detailing, shown from the front. The sculpture with full detailing, shown from the side.

The designs were carved carefully, all done by hand. The last two pictures show the final sculpture from the front and side, with the eye and mouth details added as well.

Making the silicone rubber mold for the sculpture from Rebound 25. Making the mold jacket from FreeForm Air.

The mold is made from Smooth-on's brush-on silicone rubber, Rebound 25. Because a soft rubber mold requires a rigid mold jacket, the second photo shows the two-part hard outer mold, which is made from FreeForm Air.

The initial test cast, done in SmoothCast 65D, still in the mold. Successful cast, done in SmoothCast 65D.

The first test cast! Casting is done in SmoothCast 65D.

An example of a final, painted Death Eater mask, from the front. An example of a final, painted Death Eater mask, from the side.

Here's how they look painted, done with a combination of metallic spray paint and hand-painted acrylic details.

Battle damaged masks, before being painted. All seven masks in the commissioned set.

And finally, I mentioned battle damage? I went ahead and did the main paint job on all of the masks first, and then attacked a few of them with sandpaper, carving tools, saws, and files to give a variety of battle damage effects per the request of my commissioners. The last picture shows the full set of masks with their final paint job.

© 2015 Sculpted, molded, and cast by Sarrah Wilkinson

Completion date: 4/13/2015 - Page last updated: 1/3/2017

Keywords: Death Eater mask, prop, Harry Potter, commission, villains, silver and black, creepy masks, cosplay

Categories: Costuming, Costumes and Props